Often, poor or unbalanced nutrition can be corrected by changing eating patterns, habits and types of food being ingested. The “stop, challenge, choose” method encourages people to make intentional decisions when eating, considering the reasons for eating (hunger versus emotional satisfaction), and understanding the right portion sizes for their body mass, energy levels, and desired weight. Learning about what foods feel energizing and empowering can help people to make healthy decisions. In addition, working to ensure all human beings have access to healthy, affordable food options can provide for spiritual, as well as physical, mental and emotional health. Growing one’s own food, and increasing access to education about diets, foods and nutrients can provide personal satisfaction, and a positive societal impact.
Meal prep and learning to cook is also important. This provides more personal control and autonomy in deciding what foods to eat and how much of them. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of health food options and cooking classes currently available. Because nutrition, the act of consuming food, and the energy provided by nutrition impact a human being’s overall body, mental, spiritual and emotional self, eating to deal with emotional pain and trauma is an important issue human beings must often mitigate. While certainly okay for short and infrequent instances, emotional eating for long-term spiritual, emotional and mental trauma causes severe damage to the body. When one is eating for long-term emotional trauma, counseling to address the trauma should replace overeating patterns.